Edward Hensley finished his 11th marathon Sunday even after collapsing around mile 24. It wasn’t the finish he was hoping for but it was miraculous.
“I looked up and said 'God please help me,' no sooner than 10 seconds did Officer Siska show up.”
Officer Joe Siska helped Hensley to the medical tent but came back 40 minutes later.
“I could tell he was in a lot of pain,” Siska said. “I said if you really want to do this we can make it happen, I’ll help you if you really want to do it.”
Hensley couldn't believe it.
"I was astonished and he looked at me and he said something in your eyes told me you need this and you wanted this.”
Probationary officer Alfredo Martinez saw what was happening in the medical tent.
“I just saw Joe helping him and I thought I’ll go help,” he said.
The three started hobbling along.
“Jokingly, I said I wish I had a cane," Hensley said.
Martinez said the group found a folding chair for Hensley to help prop himself up with.
“We used this good chair cane as a relief every 100 yards, fold it open, make it to their and rest, next thing you know we could see the finish line," Siska recalled.
With runners and spectators cheering them on, the two-mile trek took more than an hour.
"We were matching footsteps talked the whole way," Siska said. "It was just like talking to a friend I’ve known for years.”
Together they reached the finish line the officers still marveling over Hensley's strength.
“He’s got some determination I can’t imagine the pain he was in," Siska said.
“He’s a warrior for even thinking about finishing,” Martinez said.
The ending was also a new beginning.
“When I look back, I met two officers and I left with two friends" Hensley said.